The DOE Open Market Transfer Plan typically opens in April.
Between mid-April and mid-August, principals and hiring managers have the opportunity to post anticipated and approved vacancies at their schools. During this time, all appointed teachers have the opportunity to apply for vacant positions or send applications and resumes to schools that have not advertised vacancies so that, in the event a vacancy arises, principals will be aware. Vacancies are posted here.
Common questions about Open Market Transfers
- What happens if I transfer and then decide to return to my former school?
If for some reason the transfer fell through before the first day of school, you would be able to return to your formal school. Otherwise, there is not a right to return to your former school once you transfer and start working at the new school. At that point, the only way to leave your new school is to seek another transfer via the open market system.
- Can I transfer to a different grade level or subject?
Yes, but that may require a switch in appointment. If you have achieved tenure in one license appointment, when you switch appointments, be aware that you must serve a two-year probationary period in the new appointment.
- What happens to my seniority, pension, sick time, etc., when I transfer?
There are no changes to your citywide seniority, pension, or sick time when you transfer to a new school. You lose the building seniority that you had in your former school, however. Building seniority is used in selecting among equally qualified applicants for certain school assignments.